Thursday, September 19, 2013
Tuesday, September 17, 2013
September 3, 2013
It was a crazy P-day yesterday and we didn't get to e-mail but we were allowed to come and e-mail for a bit today. This will be super short but I wanted to send a little something!
Dad, I am really happy you are doing well! That's pretty scary but I am glad everything worked out for you. Thanks everyone else for the updates as well. It's always exciting to hear from you and I am excited for school to start for you all.
We had an INCREDIBLE week here. I love my new companions SO much. We get along really well and they are such hard workers. Sister Richardson is from Salem, Utah and she is so sweet and has such a strong testimony. Sister Smith is from Roswell, New Mexico and is absolutely hilarious. I love spending every day with them and we have been blessed so much this past week. Campus is amazing right now! There are so many people and it is such a blast to be able to talk to people all the time. We usually had big gaps in between invitations to learn because there was barely anybody on campus to talk to but now we go from person to person and it is fun. I am loving it and the new sisters are awesome at personal contacting. Sister Richardson served at WMU before so she is used to being on a campus. They played MSU on Friday and MSU won...she's in the better place :)
I had the best day I have ever had on my mission on Thursday! We had so many lessons and new investigators and everyone was amazing. We all got home and we were so happy and we said, "The only thing that would make today better is if Katie made us empanadas again." (Katie is our neighbor. She just got home from her mission in Argentina and she made us empanadas on Wednesday night.) Lo and behold, we said our prayer to begin planning and we got a text right after and she was like "Hey sisters! I made more empanadas, do you want some?!" It was seriously the best day ever. And we have seen many miracles like that left and right. It's amazing! My companions are so positive and fun to be around and missionary work is awesome here.
That's pretty much it on my end. Sorry I am rushed, but I will write more next week!
Hope you have a great week of school! I love you all! Stay healthy, safe, and happy!
Saturday, September 14, 2013
|Saying goodbye to Sisters Probert and Christiansen|
August 26, 2013
So transfer calls came.....and I AM STAYING AT MSU!!!! I am sooo excited to still be here. But the crazy news is that both Sister Probert and Sister Christiansen are leaving me :( We definitely didn't expect that to happen. We thought Sister Probert would be leaving but Sister Christiansen would stay. It's exciting and we know everything works out for a reason! Sister Probert is going to Kalamazoo zone to serve as a sister training leader at WMU. From one campus to another! And Sister Christiansen is going to Holt area which she is really happy about because transfers there were so fun! I am getting two new companions tomorrow. I seriously couldn't be happier about who my new companions will be! I have Sister Smith from New Mexico--she is the one I have been going on exchanges with and she is SOOO awesome. She is absolutely hilarious and such a great missionary. We were talking on the phone the night before about how much we would miss each other if I got my visa and, lo and behold, now we are companions! The other one is Sister Richardson. I only met her briefly my first day here but she is awesome. She is soo passionate about missionary work and about everything in life! She was in the MTC with Sister Probert and Sister Probert absolutely loved her so I am just so stoked about this transfer. They are both the sister training leaders for our zone so that will be fun for me to work with them as well. That means I will be going on exchanges probably every week. I love change and I love the opportunity to work with others so I am excited. I am a little nervous about having to be the one to introduce the area but I think it's going to be awesome. Everyone in the ward was shocked that only "the visa-waiter” (as they have dubbed me) is staying. I feel so blessed because I love these people so much! The last couple days have had lots of goodbyes and we took so many pictures with the people, so get ready for a huge load of pictures.
School starts officially on Wednesday; we are way excited! It's going to be crazy! Plus they have their first football game this weekend...I am not really sure how much work we will be able to do during games but I am excited to experiment. It's fun to see how missionary work is always changing in this area depending on the season. I will really have to pray for the ability to know WHO to stop and talk to because there will be so many people. Before we would just hound anyone we saw because the people were few and far between. I am so excited for this week!
In other news:
-We got bikes this week! It's so fun. We haven't actually ridden them anywhere besides morning exercise so I don't know how they will work with a skirt. Stay tuned. I feel like such a missionary when I ride them.
-The elders had an awesome baptism yesterday! Her name is Lina Wang and Yifan got to baptize her. It was a really spiritual and amazing baptism and it was cool to see Yifan doing that! As soon as she came out of the water Yifan patted her back and said "Welcome to the Kingdom of God." Unreal. Lina is adorable. We helped her after she got out of the font and she kept saying "I can feel that God is smiling at me." We sang at the baptism too so be looking out for a new YouTube video (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oyvSfWpcoyM)! (People keep saying they hope the new sisters can sing--it's tradition for us to sing at every baptism now)
-Both Yifan and Bruce have grown so much. We saw them on Friday night and they ran up to us and they were like "Sisters! Sisters! Something amazing just happened!" And Yifan kept saying "I can feel the Holy Ghost so strong right now!" Anyway, they went to IHOP for dinner and the waitress gave them complimentary cups of coffee. They told her they didn't want them and they ended up talking to her about the church and Yifan gave her a pass-along card. Yifan said they were singing hymns the whole rest of the way home because they were so excited! And then they went back later and gave her a Book of Mormon. How amazing are they?! We went to dinner with them on Saturday night too as a last hurrah and they are just so funny and so happy from the message of the gospel. I feel blessed to know them and to be a part of their lives!
-We have been blessed with opportunities to teach and we think we will have some baptismal candidates very soon! It's an exciting time and I love these people so much.
-There is a member here named Jon Rose. He moved into the ward on the same day we met Bruce. They hit it off so we would have Jon come to all of the lessons with us and he was the perfect fellowshipper for Bruce. Anyway, he came up to us yesterday and almost started crying and said he turned in his mission papers and we were the reason he chose to serve a mission. He wasn't planning on going before he came to live here. It was so powerful and so humbling! I love that about missions-- my decision to serve doesn't only affect me and my family, but it changes the lives of the people I serve. And that will change their families’ lives in turn. It's so cool to know the gospel influences generations. I love being a missionary and that moment made my decision to serve SO worth it.
Sorry if that was a bunch of rambling, but the moral of the story is: I am SO HAPPY to be at MSU for a while longer!
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
August 19, 2013
I can't believe how quickly time is flying. We get transfer calls this Friday and it's nuts to know I have already been a missionary for 2 transfers here! This is my last week of being in training too. That means I'll be leaving the apartment an hour earlier to work. It's going to be awesome! But I will miss being trained by Sister Probert. She was simply the best.
Well we are all pretty nervous about transfer calls! We pretty much knew the outcome last time since Sister Christiansen and I were still in training, but this time anything could happen! And I might even get my visa. Maybe next week I'll be writing you in Brazil?! I am excited though for whatever happens! I know it's all in God's plan and I'll be happy with whatever happens.
We had an awesome week! Here were the highlights:
-We got to go on exchanges! Sister Christiansen and I went to Holt with Sister Smith and it was a blast! She is such a good and positive missionary and it was a joy to work with her. I really enjoyed being in a family area, too. It's so different from a singles ward but I loved seeing what it's like. It's cool to see how every area really does have many positives about it. When you accentuate the positive things, every area and situation can be such a blessing! We taught a lesson in Holt to a lady who seriously had like 15 cats. And a little known fact about Sister Christiansen is that she LOOOOVES cats. She was in heaven and she had several cats on her throughout the whole lesson. It was funny to see. Another great thing about Holt was that Sister Smith taught me about thinking positively. She has a hard time in the mornings and another missionary taught her to say "Life Is a Grand Adventure" when she wakes up. I have been doing it too and it gets me excited for every day! Life really is a grand adventure. Sometimes people get caught up with how similar each day on the mission is. But when you think about it as an adventure you get to see that you learn new things every single morning and you meet new people every single day and it's just the coolest! I'm probably going to use this phrase so much now; brace yourselves.
-We had zone conference this week. It was incredible, as are all of the trainings we get to have. We mainly learned about the Holy Ghost, sarcasm, and asking inspired questions. I love learning these things and I love that missionary work is all about constantly striving to do better! Complacency is the worst and I am grateful we are always pushed to be our best. We also talked about our mission vision statement a ton. I thought I would share it because I really love reciting it every day.
The Michigan Lansing mission consists of missionaries who live what they teach. We are here to do what Jesus would do if he were in our area and position. We are here to do the Father's will as found in the scriptures, Preach My Gospel, the teachings of our leaders, and by following the inspiration of the Holy Ghost. We invite Heavenly Father in specific ways to help us, the members, investigators, and other missionaries do His work. We are here to work with all our heart, might, mind, and strength and to lose ourselves in the service of our fellow men. Our motivation for service is faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, hope in His atoning sacrifice, and charity, the pure love of Christ with an eye single to the glory of God. We study and plan daily to prepare ourselves to teach by the Spirit. We open our mouths at every opportunity to teach and we find while we teach. We work with a unity as a mission according to the laws of the celestial kingdom.
Isn't that awesome?!
-Mishaps on the bus this week...I accidentally sat in paint or something on a bus ride. I got off and started walking and my companions started laughing so hard. Hopefully it comes off in the wash! And I left my scriptures on the bus this week. It was pretty devastating! I had to trade spots because someone with a wheelchair came on and my scriptures ended up being lost in translation. I was praying I would get them back because they mean so much to me. I kept calling the bus station to see if they had been found and luckily after 3 days they called me and said they were there! Prayer is real and I am so grateful. I love my scriptures so much and I will definitely take better care of them from now on, haha.
-So many people are here! School starts next week and campus is crazy! Not everyone is back yet but all of the international students and freshman have been arriving--it's been sooo fun to go finding. Yesterday we talked to a guy named Blessing from Zimbabwe. He opened up so much and told us his whole life story. It was devastating and I feel very grateful for how the gospel has blessed my life. He is Christian and has found so much help and comfort through Jesus Christ! We shared the Book of Mormon with him and will hopefully be meeting with him soon but I just love how cool it is that I get to talk to many amazing people every day!
-Bruce gave a talk in sacrament meeting yesterday. It was very good and it was just so fun to see him up there. He is amazing. I wish all of you could meet him. And, after his talk, he got word he is speaking in stake conference in a few weeks! Isn't that crazy?! I don't think he realizes how nervous he should be but man, they really picked someone amazing! I hope I get to see him speak.
I love you all!